New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who was a Pro Bowl cornerback his rookie season, hopes he isn’t moving back to the corner position full-time in 2015.
“I hope it’s not permanent,” McCourty said after the Patriots 26-24 win over New Orleans in their second preseason game. “As a player, that’s out of your control.”
McCourty gave up a pair of grabs to Saints receiver Brandin Cooks, who had a 45-yard touchdown.
“It was a learning experience out there; not only for myself but also for our entire defense. I mean we practice against (Tom) Brady everyday and that’s great. But it’s another thing to challenge yourself by playing against another great quarterback. Playing against him (Drew Brees), there’s a lot of similarity between him and Tom (Brady) but there’s also some differences too. So it’s good for the defense and for the secondary to face a quality player like that (Brees) so we can get ready and prepare for the season.”
Touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks “that was my fault. I have to stay on top of the coverage and help out Duron (Harmon) on that play. I just have to do a better job the next time.”
After watching Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Kyle Arrington leave in the offseason, the Patriots are looking for new solutions at the corner spot. But McCourty, who recently inked a five-year, $47.5 million deal, expected to play safety in 2015.
“It’s the first time I’ve played corner in a game, I think, in like three years,” McCourty said of moving back to the position., “so obviously it’s a lot of frustration but you just gotta play.”
He added: “It didn’t feel great, and I don’t think it looked great so we’ll see.”